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Toilet Parlours

There, I was innocently working away documenting old pharmacy bottles when I came across one that caused me quite a degree of puzzlement: it’s from Lane’s Pharmacy in Wangaratta. It’s difficult to see from the picture but underneath the Lane’s … Continue reading

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Egyptomania

I’ve become interested recently in Egyptomania – the sudden engagement of western countries with Ancient Egypt in the nineteenth century. Egyptomania spawned a whole range of things – from the Egypt Exploration Society to the Amelia Peabody novels and is … Continue reading

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A left turn on the family history front

Researching family history can be incredibly frustrating, especially when one tries to find people born before the start of systematic record keeping in the 1850’s. Just to make it doubly confusing people in my family line at least kept on … Continue reading

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Spectacle Makers

Well I did the obvious thing and ran the query “spectacle maker” on querypic: Querypic doesn’t differentiate between “spectacle maker” and “spectacle-maker” as a query, so we can say that graph shows usage of both forms of the term. The … Continue reading

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Rural Oculists revisited

It turns out the whole rural oculist thing is more complicated than I thought. Firstly I was wrong in thinking that oculist was the preferred term in the nineteenth century. Five minutes with Querypic showed that while that might have … Continue reading

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Nasty coughs in the nineteenth century

I’ve mentioned this before, but it’s quite amazing how many people died of chest and lung related complaints in the late nineteenth century. Not surprising really. I grew up in Stirling, in Scotland, which was at first glance a quiet … Continue reading

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Rural Oculists in late nineteenth century Victoria

As I’m sure you are all well aware, I’ve been working as a volunteer documenting the contents of Dow’s Pharmacy for the National Trust. A few months ago, I came across a shoe box containing some boxes of old spectacle … Continue reading

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